Turkish delight, lokum or rahat lokum is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are mostly flavored with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange, or lemon. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of tartar, to prevent clinging. Other common flavors include cinnamon and mint. In the production process, soapwort may be used as an emulsifying additive.
The exact origin of these sweets is yet to be definitively determined; however, "lokum" comes from the Arabic Halkum or Al-Halkum. In the Arab world, Turkish delights are called rahat al-hulqum which means "Throat Comfort".
Ottoman confectionery was originally sweetened with honey and molasses, using water and flour as the binding agents, with rosewater, lemon peel and bitter orange as the most common flavors (red, yellow and green).
Lokum was introduced to Western Europe in the 19th century. An unknown Briton reputedly became very fond of the delicacy during his travels to Istanbul and purchased cases of it, to be shipped back to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. It became a major delicacy in Britain and throughout Continental Europe for high class society. During this time, it became a practice among upper class socialites to exchange pieces of Turkish Delight wrapped in silk handkerchiefs as presents.
Ingredients: Sugar, Pistachio Nut 12%, Corn Starch, Water, Vanilla Flavour, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid).*
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|Serving Size 3 Pieces|
|Serving Per Container 6|
|Amount Per Serving 40g|| |
Calories from Fat 0
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g|| 0%|
| Saturated Fat 0g|| 0%|
| Trans Fat 0g|| |
|Cholesterol 0mg|| 0%|
|Sodium 0mg|| 0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 37g|| 12%|
| Dietary Fiber 1g|| 4%|
| Sugars 30g|| |
|Lactose 0g|| 0%|
|Protein 1g|| 1%|
|Potassium 0mg|| 0%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:|
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
| Sat Fat||Less than||20g|
| Dietary Fiber||25g|